As 1999 came to an end, the key Olympic venue for Bankstown – the Dunc Gray Velodrome – was ready to host its first event. Located at the Crest, the velodrome stood as a splendid, modern piece of architecture, the roof emulating the look of a modern racing helmet, a true reminder that the Games were just around the corner. Opened in November, the velodrome was named after Edgar “Dunc” Gray, Australia’s first cycling gold medallist (1000 metres time trial at Los Angeles in 1932). He also competed in the 1928 Games and in Berlin in 1936 where he was the Australian flagbearer.